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Woods Bagot reveals energy-producing skyscraper

Woods Bagot with Buro Happold have unveiled an 82-storey tower pilot project in China, demonstrating a new model to achieve zero emissions on large-scale developments

Based on parametric ‘Zero-E’ modelling tools the office and hotel skyscraper illustrates how buildings can be designed to ‘create more energy than they require on an annual basis’.

Zero-E’s ‘holistic resource system’ uses photovoltaics, solar thermal panels, absorption chillers, a biogas fuel cell and an anaerobic waste digester in a closed-loop system that improves operational performance and minimizes resource consumption and waste production.

The 450,000m² mixed-use pilot scheme on the Yangtze River in Chongqing, China, is aimed specifically at ‘China-scale’ projects.

Ross Donaldson, global executive chairman and CEO of Woods Bagot said: ‘The construction industry has known for some time that increasing the sustainability of buildings and cities is key to turning the tide on climate change.

‘The ZERO-E pilot project confirms that using the expertise and tools available to us today far greater advances in building performance—those that comprise zero emissions design—are currently within the industry’s capabilities.

‘This joint initiative is not only an entirely new model for sustainable design, it is also a call to action and an invitation to our development and construction partners to join us as we lead the way to a truly sustainable future.’

Woods Bagot was awarded AJ100 international practice of the year.

Zero-E aims for communities that:

-    Produce zero emissions

-    Create more energy than they require on an annual basis

-    Process their own waste and release only beneficial output

-    Releases cleaner air than it takes in

-    Heal compromised sites and ecosystem

-    Restore natural habitat

-    Reconnect humans and nature

-    Increase occupant health

-    Build financial value with ecological value

-    Exhibit material integrity

-    Delight and beautify its surroundings

-    Supply 100% of its water needs using collection and closed loops

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